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Tibet Local Customs

Tibetan Local Customs

Tibetan customs and traditions are inextricably interwoven with Tibetan Buddhism and unique Tibetan topography. While travelling in Tibet, you'll find out that Tibet customs are also greatly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. A good case in point is Weisang, a Tibet local custom that is observed on occasions like weddings and funerals by burning pine branches, cypresses and other herbal leaves around temples and monasteries to pray for peace, good harvest and prosperity.

Mani stones in different sizes and colors with Buddhist themes on are common to see on Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Local people circle around Mani stones in a clockwise direction to show their sincerity to the Buddha and hope their wishes will come true one day. It’s been told that where there are Tibetans, there are prayer flags. And its history can be traced back to the Bon tradition.

As you tour Tibet, a vivid picture of Tibetan customs and local life unfold before your eyes. When visiting Tibetans’ family, you will how important the wooden bowls, Tsampa, yak butter tea, gutu and sweet tea are in Tibetans’ daily life and how great Himalayas, sacred Namtso lake and alpine pasture play a part in shaping distinct nomadic customs.

Drigung Cham Dance Festival Dramatic Cham dance in Tibet

From the biggest celebration, Tibetan New Year (or Losar) festival to numerous religious and secular festivals like Shoton Featival, Saga Saga Dawa Festival, Tashilhunpo Thangka Festival, Yushu Horse Racing Festival, you name it, they will definitely deepen your understanding of Tibetan culture and history and refresh your impression of real Tibet.

Let's learn more about diverse Tibetan customs, etiquettes and sports, funerals and relevant taboos, and be a Tibetan cultural expert before heading towards Tibet. 

Tibetan Funerals & Relevant Taboos

Tibetan Funerals & Relevant Taboos

Tibetans believe that death is not the end but the gateway to a different beginning. There are five major ways of funerals in Tibet, like sky burial, stupa burial, fire burial, water burial and tree burial.

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The Sporty Side of Tibet

The Sporty Side of Tibet

In fact, Tibetans are born sportsmen. Tibetan sports and games are closely related to their unique life on the plateau, like archery, yak racing, horse racing, wrestling, rock carrying, horsemanship, tug of war and Tibetan snooker.

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Sky Burial in Tibet and Tibetan Funeral Customs

Sky Burial in Tibet and Tibetan Funeral Customs

In Tibetan funeral customs, sky burial is the most most widespread way for commoners to deal with the dead in Tibet.

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Tibetan Tea Culture at The Roof of The World

Tibetan Tea Culture at The Roof of The World

Tibet enjoys a unique tea culture. Tibetans have developed the habit of sipping tea. They can eat nothing except drinking tea. See more about butter tea and Tibet tea culture.

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Tibetan Marriage Customs, Wedding Ceremony in Tibet

Tibetan Marriage Customs, Wedding Ceremony in Tibet

Tibetan is a minority with unique culture in China. Its marriage customs are also special. Wedding ceremony and customs are also different in different regions of Tibet.

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Tibetan Etiquettes

Tibetan Etiquettes

Tibetan people follows special Tibetan etiquettes, unique life style and charming Tibetan culture. If you are planning a Tibet tour, you should know how to respect local Tibetans before travelling to Tibet.

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Mystical Tibetan Funeral Practices

Mystical Tibetan Funeral Practices

Tibetan funeral practices are mystical for people from outside of Tibet, especially its celestial burial or sky burial. This page will focus on why the funeral custom in Tibet is so mysterious.

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Mani Stones in Tibet

Mani Stones in Tibet

When you are traveling in Tibet, it is common to come across many mounds of stones almost everywhere, in monasteries, beside villages, crossing, along paths and on mountains. Some of the stones are inscribed with pictures or characters, with pray flags.

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Qiema Box - Essential Mascot for Tibetan New Year

Qiema Box - Essential Mascot for Tibetan New Year

Tibetan people have the custom of making a "Qiema" box during Tibetan New Year, expressing the wish of good harvest and auspiciousness in the coming year.

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Tibet Traditional Wedding

Tibet Traditional Wedding

Tibet Autonomous Region is an area where Tibetan people live in concentrated communities, constituting more than 95 percent of the population of the region. Tibetan people have many habits which are different from Han nationality. Today, let's talk about Tibetan wedding traditions.

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Khatag, an Auspicious Symbol in Tibetan Culture

Khatag, an Auspicious Symbol in Tibetan Culture

Khatag is a traditional ceremonial scarf used in Tibet and Mongolia. Offering of khatag is a well known Tibetan culture in greetings. Khatags are often offered in Tibetan Buddhism to Buddhist images or statues, holy sites, lamas and in certain rituals.

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Don'ts in Tibet

Don'ts in Tibet

Before travelling to some places, you may like to know the local customs in advance for a better and friendlier tour, so does your Tibet tour. See more about don'ts in Tibet.

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Wooden Bowls Play a Key Role in Tibetan Culture

Wooden Bowls Play a Key Role in Tibetan Culture

Wooden bowls play an important role in Tibetan culture and Tibetan people’s life. In Tibet, every family has wooden bowls. There are always two wooden bowls in a common Tibetan family, a big one and a small one.

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Yak Racing, a Spectator Sport in Tibet

Yak Racing, a Spectator Sport in Tibet

As a traditional sport in Tibet, yak racing is a spectator sport held at many traditional festivals in Tibet, such as the annual Shoton Festival.

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Witness to a Sky Burial in Tibet

Witness to a Sky Burial in Tibet

Sky burial in Tibet is extremely mysterious for most people because strangers are usually not allowed to watch sky burial ceremonies in Tibet. So this mysterious custom in Tibet intrigues more and more people’s curiosity.

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Sweet Tea, Tibetan People's Coffee

Sweet Tea, Tibetan People's Coffee

In Tibet, sweet tea is just like Tibetan people's coffee, refresher of leisure time in Lhasa for locals and travellers. The sweet tea houses in Lhasa are warming up with the arrival of locals and tourists in pairs or groups when night falls.

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Replacing Valance on Tibetan New Year’s Eve

Replacing Valance on Tibetan New Year’s Eve

Tibetan people use colorful valances to decorate the doors and windows of their houses. Replacing valance on Tibetan New Year’s Eve also becomes a custom in Tibet.

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Weisang, Tibetan Households' Custom

Weisang, Tibetan Households' Custom

Weisang is a Tibetan household’s custom of burning offerings to make cloudy smog to pray for good fortune, good harvest, peace and prosperity.

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Gutu, Tibetan New Year Reunion Dinner

Gutu, Tibetan New Year Reunion Dinner

Gutu is a special dinner Tibetan people have on December 29 on Tibetan calendar to dispel ghosts, hanker for happiness and welcome Tibetan New Year.

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Why Tibetan People Worship Yak Head

Why Tibetan People Worship Yak Head

Why there are yak heads everywhere in Tibet? What are the yak heads used for? For Tibetan people, do the yak heads have any meaning? Why Tibetan people worship yak head?

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Tibetan Adult Ceremony for Girls

Tibetan Adult Ceremony for Girls

Traditionally, a Tibetan girl is considered as an adult when she is seventeen years old. A special Tibetan adult ceremony for girls, “Dai Tou”, is held for her on a good day.

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Tibetan Birth Ceremony

Tibetan Birth Ceremony

Tibetan Birth Ceremony is called Pang-sai in Tibetan language. The Pang-sai is actually a cleansing ritual aimed at cleansing the child from the journey into this life.

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Ritual Walk Season in Tibet – Saga Dawa Festival

Ritual Walk Season in Tibet – Saga Dawa Festival

The whole fourth Tibetan lunar month is the ritual walk season in Tibet when Tibetan people celebrate Saga Dawa Festival by ritual walks around sacred sites, like temples, holy mountains and lakes.

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History of Prayer Flags in Tibet

History of Prayer Flags in Tibet

Where there are Tibetan prayer flags there are Tibetan people. The colorful prayer flags are the patron of Tibetan people. The history of prayer flags in Tibet can be traced back thousands of years to the Bon tradition of pre-Buddhist Tibet according to some lamas.

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The Unconventional Tibetan Wedding Photos Became an Instant Hit on the Internet

The Unconventional Tibetan Wedding Photos Became an Instant Hit on the Internet

The Unconventional Tibetan Wedding Photos were taken to remind Tibetans of the importance of inner calling and of the continuity of traditional Tibetan culture and life.

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